John Ward believes that today’s win against Wimbledon was a reward for both players and supporters.
And the manager was pleased to see that his team was not afraid to have a go at goal this afternoon.
He said: “Today there was a reward for everybody, for the young players and particularly for the supporters.
“We weren’t afraid to hit shots today. We had quite a few from distance, one or two were a little bit wide, but three were in the net, which is the most rewarding part about it.
“We have been edging towards this for a little while, and I am really pleased that the lads got that today.
“There was the decision at 0-0 that went in our favour, and we have then gone on and been very strong.
“We have never wavered, we have switched the team around a little bit, and it has paid off really well for us.”
Tom Parkes got his first goal of the season from a set piece, which pleased the manager.
He said: “We work at our set plays, both for and against, and we have been saying to Tom to get in those positions, and he has put it in the back of the net and enjoyed his moment.
“As a captain he is a good leader, and it is nice boost for him to get a goal.”
John has been pleased with the way his young team has stuck together so far this season.
He said: “These young guys have had to learn quick, and if they keep doing that I will show patience with them and try and help them along.
“In the main we have stood strong as a group of people, and that has what has got to be retained for the next few games.”
And he knows that the supporters appreciate hard work.
“If the supporters played for Bristol Rovers they would try their hardest, if they cannot play for Rovers, they want to see a team that does exactly that, and that is what they are seeing, week in and week out.
“This is a great boost and backs up what we have been saying about the previous games. It was a great point at Cheltenham, but it helps to win your games.”